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College Dorm Room Essentials for Cooking, Cleaning and More

College Dorm Room Essentials for Cooking, Cleaning and More

Words Emily Connelly

They say college years are the best years of your life. But before you head off to this magical land of no parents and no curfews, you ought to be prepared. We’ve compiled a list of essentials for any college-goer.

From electric kettles to avocado slicers (for late-night guac), these items will take an average college dorm room to the next level. (But no, nothing on this list can make your dorm room bigger, sorry.)

Electric Kettle

From mugs of tea when flu season rolls around to boiling water for instant oatmeal or ramen, an Electric Kettle is a dorm staple. (Author’s note: my college roommate tried to make hot chocolate by putting chocolate milk in my electric kettle—I do not recommend this use case.)

3-in-1 avocado slicer

Avocado Slicer

Top that toast with everyone’s favorite green friend. This tool comes in handy for all those avocado toasts you’ll be eating, as well as game day guacamole-making. And after all is said and done, there’s only one dish to clean up.

Cereal Dispenser

Keep your favorite cereal and granola fresh in a BPA-free storage container designed to easily pour and store. Bonus: the airtight lids mean no spilling, which means no crumbs, which means no ants, which means no tense roommate relationships!

Double Wall Travel Mug

Early classes and late nights are no problem, especially when you have a travel mug to tote around to class time and study sessions.

Can Opener

Everyone needs a can of chicken noodle soup every once in awhile. (And canned chickpeas. And canned beans.) This can opener will be put to good use, plus it has a built-in bottle opener (equally important!).

Magnetic Mini Clips

Decorating a dorm room is serious business. People plaster their walls with their fondest memories from home. These Mini Clips are magnetic, which means there won’t be any problem taking them down during move-out, and they’re perfect for hanging photos of family and friends, not to mention to-do lists.

Hot Tool Styling Mat

The Hot Tool Styling Mat is great in shared bathroom spaces—no more waiting for a straightener to cool down on the bathroom counter; just use it, unplug it, and wrap this mat around it to make transportation back to your dorm room easy.

desk drawer organizers


Drawer Organizers and Dividers

Keep your clothes organized even in tiny dorm drawers, with drawer dividers, so you can keep socks and shirts in the same drawer without them getting all mixed up. And adjustable drawer organizers are perfect for storing things like makeup, school supplies, and jewelry.

Water Bottle Cleaning Set

Stay hydrated for class—but don’t let your water bottle get all grimy bringing it all over campus. Water bottles should be cleaned every day, and this cleaning set helps you clean all the parts, including the straw and mouthpiece. 

How To Tidy Up Your Tech

Computer Cleaning Set

Have you ever cleaned your computer? Yeah, didn’t think so. Computers can harbor tons of germs—even more than a toilet seat. This set can help you clean the screen, keyboard, and everything else.

Plus, here’s more ideas for your college packing list.

By Emily Connelly

Emily Connelly is part of OXO's Brand Communications team. She enjoys running, backpacking, dad jokes, and Bruce Springsteen. She once broke her wrist falling out of a doorjamb.

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